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Session A

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A1. Civility in the Workplace

Early Childhood
School-Age

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What is etiquette (and what are the different types)? What is civility? How do they relate? What impact do they have on career and life success? Get answers to these and other "professional etiquette" questions. Share your experiences and your suggestions for creating a more harmonious and civil workplace environment and improving professional relationships.

Juliet Mitchell

A2. The Importance of Investment in Program Staff

Early Childhood

Explore and reflect on the role of a director or administrator in supporting the development of staff within your program. We will focus on scholarships, grants, and learning opportunities that can encourage retention and build your program. We will go over the basics of the Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate and REETAIN grants program. The majority of our time will be spent discussing T.E.A.C.H. scholarships. The presentation will dispel myths and common misconceptions about the program, and offer an opportunity to connect with higher education faculty in your geographic area.

Kylie Cooper
Erin Young

A3. Coaching 101

Early Childhood
School-Age

Do you ever put off uncomfortable conversations with your staff? Has anyone told you how to coach your team? The improvement of your team rests on your shoulders, and we invite you to come and learn how to be a better coach! In this session we will discuss your fears and learn new skills that empower you to have coaching conversations that will ultimately help your team grow.

Hilary Disch
Kathryn Kuklok

A4. Collectively Healing: Breaking the Cycle of White Supremacy

Early Childhood
School-Age

This interactive workshop invites attendees to explore the ways that white supremacy is harming us and the work we do. During our time together, we will reflect on how the dominant culture shows up in us (White Folks and People of Color) and will be given tools and strategies to break the cycle. This workshop will use the collective wisdom in the room to foster new ideas and think about what is possible when we all do our internal work.

Donte Curtis

A5. Creating a Practice of Connection

Early Childhood
School-Age

Participate in group conversations around self-care using a guided reflection tool and be introduced to a resource for tracking the joy in your daily work. Participants will create a personal mission statement to help them define themselves and the leaders they want to be(come).

Jamie Bonczyk
Paula Landis


Session B

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

B1. A Guidance Guide for Early Childhood Leaders (Part 1)

*The second part of this workshop will occur in Session C1

Early Childhood

Nine Leadership Guidelines (and Some Vocabulary) for Moving Beyond Discipline to Guidance Handout

Seven Guidance Practices for Children Who Show Challenging Behaviors Handout

Guidance can be explained as teaching for healthy social-emotional development, and teaching children to solve their problems rather than disciplining (punishing) children for having problems they cannot solve on their own. Explore 21st century information about personal and brain development in young children in order to give light to why secure adult-child relationships and firm but friendly teaching - not punishment - are central to guidance leadership. Through video clips, presentation, group discussion and friendly humor, participants will be provided a roadmap for moving beyond conventional discipline to developmentally appropriate guidance. 

Dan Gartrell

B2. Who Me? Lead a Staff? From Surviving to Thriving in Your Leadership Role (Part 1)

*The second part of this workshop will occur in Session C2

Early Childhood
School-Age

Identify normal director "bumps in the road" and common leadership traps. Explore evidence-based qualities of highly effective managers and collect many effective leadership strategies gleaned from the books Daring to Lead, First, Break All the Rules, and From Good to Great. Individually reflect on your strengths and areas for growth. Connect with other leaders and label methods to promote powerful partnerships and a team approach that will help you motivate, retain and engage staff. Gain numerous ideas to avoid management pitfalls and thrive in your leadership role.

Raelene Ostberg

B3. Encouraging Self-Care Practices for Endurance in the Youth Leadership Field

School-Age

Self-care is a process and engagement in particular behaviors to promote an overall sense of well-being. How does engaging in self-care practices support a youth leadership professional's commitment to the field long term? Find out what one research study revealed about the value of engaging in self-care practices for overall well-being as a means to support longevity and endurance in the youth leadership development field. Engage in activities to determine your own level of self-care practices and learn how to support others in this work as well.

Adrienne Eldridge

B4. Self-Reflective Teacher Training

Early Childhood

Use interactive group and self-reflective individual activities to develop critical cultural awareness skills to identify themes in your teaching practice. Develop strategies to use in providing professional development, and engaging with colleagues and families in a culturally conscious manner.

Jamie Bonczyk
Paula Landis

B5. Licensed Child Care Centers: What You Need to Know about the 2019 Legislative Changes

Early Childhood

Department of Human Services (DHS) staff will provide an update and share 2019 legislative changes impacting licensed child care centers. Information will include steps providers can take now to prepare for these changes, many of which are effective September 30, 2019. This session will include information about new training requirements, background study requirements, and updated forms.

Michelle MacGregor

B6. Mindfulness vs. Mindlessness: Why Mindfulness is the Ultimate Habit for Personal and Professional Success

Early Childhood
School-Age

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Life begins and ends with a breath. How do you want to live the DASH between your first inhalation and the last exhalation? Do you want to live Mindful or Mind Full? With the distractions of social media, email, the internet, and our busy work and personal lives, do you feel irritable, worried and stressed? Are you reactive or sensitive to the words and actions of others? Are you off in the autopilot part of your mind - disengaged, disconnected and perhaps overwhelmed? We will explore why calmness is a human superpower and mindfulness is the ultimate habit for leadership success.

Dr. Geeta S. Vora


Session C

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

C1. A Guidance Guide for Early Childhood Leaders (Part 2)

*The first part of this workshop will occur in Session B1 - see description above

Nine Leadership Guidelines (and Some Vocabulary) for Moving Beyond Discipline to Guidance Handout

Seven Guidance Practices for Children Who Show Challenging Behaviors Handout

C2. Who Me? Lead a Staff? From Surviving to Thriving in Your Leadership Role (Part 2)

*The first part of this workshop will occur in Session C1 - see description above

C3. Quiet! I am Blooming! Finding Our Value, Validity and Voice

Early Childhood
School-Age

Let's talk about you. Is imposter syndrome holding you back? Let's gather and discuss how to quiet the noise and follow our true passion. We will examine how voices from our past and our culture can hold us back from stepping out and up into our true selves and abilities as leaders. Together, let's build strategies to recognize our value, empower our vision, and let our voice be heard.

Karlene Dunaisky

C4. Practical Mindfulness for Calmer Adults and Calmer Kids

Early Childhood
School-Age

Examine and learn practical foundations of mindfulness for use in common situations. Practice simple mindfulness to bring presence and emotional regulation to the life you live every day. Investigate the nature of empathy and compassion - both for yourself and your children - so we can give our kids their best shot in the real world.

Andy Johnsrud

C5. The Basics of Crucial Conversations

Early Childhood
School-Age

Come and get a snapshot of the book everyone is talking about: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High. We will hit the highlights and review some examples of how these tools can be used in our everyday conversations to keep communication flowing smoothly. Using these tools will put us in position to get the best results for our teams and ourselves.

Heather Charmoli

C6. Certified Child Care Centers: What You Need to Know about the 2019 Legislative Changes

School-Age

Department of Human Services (DHS) staff will provide an update and share 2019 legislative changes impacting certified child care centers. Information will include steps providers can take now to prepare for these changes, many of which are effective September 30, 2019. This session will include information about new training requirements, background study requirements, and updated forms.

Michelle MacGregor

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